Fuut wrote:Pig Hog wrote:Interesting. I was unaware of the 'rules' regarding level of decoration. There must be some kind of spectrum, so what makes a bowl suitable for both types of tea?
Also, where is the line drawn between winter only and all year round?
I'm very tempted by a hagi yaki chawan I've seen on artistic nippon, which I might treat myself to if I don't come across anything in Tokyo.
As far as i know, winter type tea bowls are often higher than they are wide (called tsutsu chawan), to keep tea hot longer, and in the summer there is ceremony for outside (open air), that either uses smaller (nodate bowls) or shallow bowls so tea cools faster. However I'm not expert myself, so don't take it as fact:)
That, I know (but thanks for the response); what I'm interested in is where the lines blur -- how high-sided does a tsutsu chawan have to be to be considered for winter use only? How shallow does a summer-only hira chawan have to be? How do you recognise a chawan that's in between the two?
Likewise, how decorated is too decorated for koicha? How plain is too plain for usucha and how do you judge what's acceptable for both?
Perhaps this should have it's own thread, or is here still ok?